Cerise Hunt, PhD, MSW, is the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Director for the Center for Public Health Practice, Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at Colorado School of Public Health University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is responsible for leading the school’s efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Cerise is also responsible for forming community linkages that guide public health practice, providing education and workforce development opportunities, and engaging in public health practice research.
Cerise’s expertise in promoting health equity builds concretely on her experience with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Office of Health Disparities. She was charged with developing and implementing statewide strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities. Cerise’s research and practice explore topics related to equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and organizational transformation, health equity, racial and ethnic health inequities, and community outreach and mobilization among diverse populations. She was instrumental in the formation of the Colorado Black Health Collaborative. Cerise has more than 14 years of experience in organizational EDI consultation and educational support.